Tanzania is one of the most fascinating places to visit. It is a travel destination, blessed with real beauty and the ability to offer something for everyone. Mt. Kilimanjaro, with its 5895 metre altitude is the highest mountain in Africa. The Serengeti National Park with its seemingly endless plains, is one of the best wildlife resorts in the world, and then there is the Ngorongoro Crater with its unbelievable density of animals.

Each year around the same time, the circular great wildebeest migration begins in the Ngorongoro area of the southern Serengeti of Tanzania. This migration is a natural phenomenon determined by the availability of grazing. It lasts approximately from January to March, when the calving season begins – a time when there is plenty of rain-ripened grass available for the 750,000 zebra that precede 1.2 million wildebeest and the following hundreds of thousands of other plains game. During February the wildebeest spend their time on the short grass plains of the south eastern part of the ecosystem, grazing and giving birth to approximately 500,000 calves within a 2 to 3-week period: a remarkably synchronised event. Few calves are born ahead of time and of these, hardly any will survive.

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THE BIG FIVE GAME
In Africa, five animals are known simply as “The Big Five”. These are: the majestic lion, the african elephant, the cape buffalo, the leopard, and the rhinoceros. The term big five game (sometimes capitalized or quoted as “Big Five”) was coined by big-game hunters and refers to the five most difficult animals to hunt on foot. This term has subsequently been adopted by safari tour operators for marketing purposes and is now used universally to refer to these animals. Members of the “Big Five” were chosen for the difficulty in hunting them and the degree of danger involved, rather than their size.

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